This Norwegian adventure is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. The tale is set in 1925 and opens as poet Henrik Larsen proposes to his girl friend Gertrude. Unfortunately, she is not sure she wants to commit to anyone. This hurts, so Larsen, deciding he needs a change, gets a job as a trapper and heads off for Greenland. It is not a welcoming environment for the citified, sensitive Larsen and he gets a lot of ribbing from his rough-hewn veteran trapper companion, Randbaek. Their third companion Holm remains taciturn and aloof from the constant bickering between the other two. Randbaek constantly tests Larsen's toughness both physically and psychologically as they make their way through the unforgiving frozen wasteland, but Larsen is much tougher than he seems. Still Randbaek's violence does not abate and the situation comes to a head on Christmas Eve. After a scuffle, Randbaek tries to apologize, but Larsen strongly refuses to accept it causing the quiet Holm to finally explode and leave the two to their bickering in disgust. As their cabin recently went up in flames, the two rivals find themselves forced to get along in order to find Holm and make it back to safety. Unfortunately, the situation proves too volatile and tragedy ensues.